It’s starting to look like spring outside! Let’s see what’s in store for First Friday!
The alternative gallery space run by School of Art graduate students is hosting a reception for two artists this First Friday. Join them to welcome, “We Live in the Gaps Between the Stories: two-person exhibition featuring the photographic work of Johanna Warwick and Kristine Thompson.”
The artists utilize news images and materially re-contextualize them to emphasize the limitations of photography as a factually complete record of the time. Both artists combine analogue and digital processes to underscore the ways in which news photographs have been produced and how that production affects our understanding of cultural history. Warwick looks at the selective representation of individuals within printed daily newspapers from the 1880s to the1960s; Thompson considers how death and mourning is represented in online newspapers and how the ubiquity of such images in digital format threatens to desensitize us.
Our friends at MAM invite us to view new works by Sheila Miles, a former resident of Missoula. Over her 20-plus years in Montana, she earned a reputation as a talented and prolific painter with her introspective, symbol-laden imagery. Light and Shadow represents a break from the previous content-driven narratives, focusing instead on painting for painting’s sake. The reception is from 5-8pm, with an artist talk at 7.
This First Friday will be a preview exhibition of Potsketch over at the Clay Studio. The 14th annual auction will take place in the UC Ballroom on April 29, but silent auction bidding will begin at the First Friday event. As always, this year’s Potsketch features drawings and ceramic artworks from local, national, and international emerging and established artists. The reception will be from 5:30-9pm.
Art major April Werle invites us to join her, fellow art major Derek Snodgrass, and School of Art alumna Alexandria Carter for an exhibition at the Downtown Dance Collective. “table for two+1“ will feature works by each artist.
In Werle’s provocative and colorful paint collages, she explores the dynamic of taking on a hybrid identity. Represented in the various hues and forms that overlap, these forms play with the idea of what is real and what is not, while also symbolizing the races and ethnicities predicted for her by the people she has met through travel.
Alexandria Carter is a mixed media artist using a variety of materials to render the fat experience. From ceramic, drawing, performance, to painting, Alexandria aims to expose and open up the figure to the world in which she has been conditioned to hide.
Derek Snodgrass is a mixed media artist who finds inspiration from adventures abroad. Influenced by mountains and rivers, he works intuitively to create abstract forms of layered drip paintings, allowing the paint to flow and blend on its own with minimal control.
Katie Machain, a 2013 graduate of the School of Art, will be exhibiting works at La Stella Blu. Her work is a collection of woodcuts from the past five years. All naturally inspired, these original works range in subject from the local landscape, to popular animals, and other organic illustrations that are open to interpretation. She uses traditional methods of relief woodcuts to create her colorful multi-layer prints.
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